Dan­gling the car­rot for waste ideas

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The Auck­land Coun­cil is of­fer­ing cash for ideas on re­duc­ing the amount of waste go­ing to rub­bish tips.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open for the coun­cil’s Waste Min­imi­sa­tion and In­no­va­tion Fund (WMIF). Busi­nesses, iwi and ed­u­ca­tion/com­mu­nity groups can ap­ply for up to $5000 to­wards their project.

Coun­cil­lor Alf Fili­paina, deputy-chair of the en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity com­mit­tee, said the grants are open to Auck­lan­ders who have in­no­va­tive, im­pactive and sus­tain­able projects. ‘‘We’re com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing projects that help achieve Auck­land’s am­bi­tion to be­come zero waste by 2040.

‘‘Part­ner­ing with peo­ple and groups that have a fan­tas­tic waste min­imi­sa­tion ini­tia­tive,’’ he said.

WMIF funds come from the na­tional waste levy, set at $10 a tonne, and ad­min­is­tered by the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment.

The fund has $500,000 to dis­trib­ute an­nu­ally, with one fund­ing round a year for grants be­tween $5000 and $50,000 in Septem­ber, and two fund­ing rounds for grants of $5000 and un­der in April and Septem­ber.

Ap­pli­cants can visit auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz for more in­for­ma­tion. Ap­pli­ca­tions close on April 30.

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